GOLF: Belton Park’s young Will is county champion

Lincolnshire Boys' Champion Will Hopkins.
Lincolnshire Boys' Champion Will Hopkins.

Belton Park’s Will Hopkins set a new course record of 64 on the way to winning the Lincolnshire Boys’ Championship at Waltham Windmill on Sunday.

He will go on to represent Lincolnshire in the Midland Golf Union Junior Champion of Champions at Coventry GC and the EG Junior Champion of Champions at Woodhall Spa GC in September.

Pictured from the left are Belton Park ladies vice-captain Paula Marshall, captain Sue Hall and Enid Maltby.

Pictured from the left are Belton Park ladies vice-captain Paula Marshall, captain Sue Hall and Enid Maltby.

The morning round was also the Daily Telegraph Qualifier, so Will’s 64 (seveb under) puts him in good shape to qualify.

Under-16 champion was Will Saville (Holme Hall GC), whilst Mick Baines (Sleaford GC) took the under-14 title.

Waltham Windmill were tremendous hosts and the course was in fantastic condition.

A strong field of 149 players took part in the Belton Park Lombard Trophy in warm but breezy weather, with the afternoon conditions being particularly challenging.

Belton Woods Ash Trophy winners Pat and Allan Haynes.

Belton Woods Ash Trophy winners Pat and Allan Haynes.

The winner, with an excellent net score of 66, was Martin Clarke.

Runner-up with net 67 was Sean Wragg, whilst third on countback with 68 was Norton Kirby, from Tim Stubbs and Mark Stuart. Best gross was Levi Desmond with 70.

Ladies

Laceby Manor Golf Club near Grimsby was the venue for the Lincolnshire Ladies’ County Golf Association Spring Bronze meeting last Thursday and Friday.

Sudbrook Moor's Joseph Ablewhite and Scott Griffiths.

Sudbrook Moor's Joseph Ablewhite and Scott Griffiths.

Belton Park ladies entered a team on the Thursday. Ladies’ captain Sue Hall, vice-captain Paula Marshall and Enid Maltby competed in the Dorothy Marshall Sheild, where the best three stableford scores out of four were added together.

However, the three Belton Park players had to make all their scores count.

At the end of the day, three teams were tied on a score of 93 points. A team from Kenwick Park were the eventual winners with Belton Park runners-up on countback on the back nine. It was a good team performance on a very hot day.

An individual stableford competition for the Gwen Bamber Trophy was played alongside the team event. Sue Hall finished third with 34 points on countback.

On yet another glorious day last week, the ladies competed for the Brunyee Trophy on the Belmont course (10-27).

The course, especially the greens, was in superb condition. The winner was Carol Steele with 88-17=71, ahead of Elizabeth Rhodes (98-26=72) and Sheila Mason (90-17=73) in third.

Other results: May Stableford, Division One –1 Issie Guest 34pt ocb, 2 Carol Steele 34 ocb, 3 Julie Hamer 34; Division Two – 1 Sally Knight 39, 2 Jennifer Gardiner 32 ocb, 3 Anita Bartys 32.

BELTON WOODS

Belton Woods’ first mixed trophy competition of the year was played on Monday.

The Ash Trophy, an American Greensome played as strokeplay with half combined handicap, was won on a pretty grey, damp day by Pat and Allan Haynes with a terrific net score of 64.

In second place, just missing out with 65.5, were Elaine Lilley and Simon Welsh, whilst third went to Becky and Bruce Foster with a very creditable 67.

The ladies would like to thank everyone for playing on the bank holiday, it really was a great turnout, with 22 couples competing for the trophy.

Two non-qualifiers were played last week on the Lakes course, with Carole Stothard winning on Wednesday with 34 points and Steph Lee with 36 points on Saturday. Both players collected pro shop vouchers for their fine efforts.

STOKE ROCHFORD

Seniors

Stoke Rochford 6

The Nottinghamshire 2

A match that could so easily have gone the other way resulted in a win for Stoke Rochford, seven of the eight being decided on the 18th green and four of them halved.

It has been an excellent start to the match season for Stoke, having played seven, won three, halved three and lost one. Seniors captain Jim is on a run, having lost in the opening match at Greetham, he was undefeated over the past six matches.

Results: Jim Price and Don Werner won 2 up, John Wright and Cliff Mills won 1 up, Barry Mitchell and Mike Thornton halved, Tim Haward and Alan Jessop halved, Ray Beal and Mike Nixon won 1 up, Ernie Armstrong and Barry Gaunt won 3&2, Glyn Staines and John Batty halved, Ray Elsome and Roger Nicholls halved.

Stoke Rochford 4½

Peterborough Milton 3½

Jim Price and Roger Green halved, Ray Beal and Graham Manton won 5&4, Barry Mitchell and Mike Graves lost 1 down, Brian Keightley and Tim Haward won 2&1, Eddie Plant and Phil Hewes won 4&3, Ernie Armstrong and Eddie Malloy lost 1 down, Mike Dickinson and Roger Nicholls lost 3&2, Stephen Major and Cliff Mills won 4&3.

SUDBROOK MOOR

Fifteen-year-old Scott Griffiths and 16-year-old Joseph Ablewhite are great ambassadors for junior golf at Sudbrook Moor.

Over the past two seasons they have paired up and, after a final fifth position last year, are the most recent worthy winners of the much coveted Junior Intermediates’ Greensomes Trophy.

Whilst reducing their playing handicaps since the New Year, they have recorded three first and two fourth places in the Junior monthly Order of Merit, to win with a margin of three points.

The young generation of golfers have excellent role models in Joseph and Scott, with this harmonious pairing showing the sport in a confident, fun, relaxed and positive light. It is Scott’s first club trophy win but, for Joseph, since his initiation into this competition at the age of seven and a steady working through the ranks, it is his eighth time on this trophy.

Both are also forging impressive routes into the adult golf scene at the club. They also received birdie tree prizes for three gross birdies during the five month season

Last year’s title holders, eight-year-old Blake Smith and granddad Stuart Smith, despite strong results in the penultimate two competitions, with a win and a second place, could not catch Joseph and Scott, and finished the season as runners-up.

Izzy Linsley and granddad John Russell, who were also winners together in the early part of 2016, finished third, six points back. Last year’s runners-up, father and son Ronie and Peter Alipio, took fourth place.

There was an abundance of prizes, including the trophy, presented at the half year presentation, and birdie prizes went to Chris and Daniel Agapito, Ronie and Peter Alipio, John Russell and Izzy Linsley, Simon and Alfie Green, and Scott Griffiths and Joseph Ablewhite.

Others in the scheme are Reuben and Alan Staines, Andrew and Owen Green, Lilliya and Martin Greene, Sophie and Charlotte Robinson, James and Rob Farrant, and Adrian, Ollie and Will Hands.